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Lisa Morrisey completed her massage training at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio in 2008. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology in 1994 from Ithaca College. Lisa Specializes in Myofascial Release JFB Approach and has completed MFR I & II and Fascial-Pelvis Myofascial Release. Lisa has been with Back to Basics Massage Therapy since 2010.
You may have heard in passing about myofascial release and have wondered what it is and how releasing the fascia can benefit you. A couple of years ago I started a journey of learning about myofascial release and how it would benefit those whom I provide therapy through massage too. This journey led me to the John F. Barnes method of myofascial release also referred to as MFR JFB Method. To understand MFR and it's benefits you need to first understand what fascia is.
What is fascia? Any meat eater has seen it on their chicken or in steak, but it is more that just a tissue covering muscle. Fascia is a three-dimensional web that covers and connects every system of our body. In effect it is the scaffolding of our body even down to the cellular level.
When our body experiences a trauma, surgery, inflammatory response, etc, the fascial system produces restrictions in the area of injury as a protective mechanism. In a healthy body or situation the fascial will regain fluidity once the trauma has passed. However, in certain circumstances we get “stuck”; this is either due to the trauma being from a repetitive action, the injury was too great, or scaring was produced. In these cases MFR and self care stretches can “unwind” the restrictions to allow for a fluid environment again.
Fascia in its healthy form is quite fluid. It consists of fibers and ground substance within the spaces between the fibers. When fibers join together to protect from injury, the tissue becomes dehydrated and the environment becomes restricted.
“Fascial restrictions can exert crushing pressure of up to approximately 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch on the various pain sensitive structures in the body” - JFB
Consider your muscle trying to work in that environment, the muscle would become tired and achey doing less work due to the compression of the fibrous network of fascia crushing it. MFR focuses on holds that target compressed tissue for 3-5 minutes at a time to allow for the fibers of the fascial tissue to begin to stretch and eventually allow fluid to rush back into the ground ground substance and once again create a fluid environment for the muscle to be able to work in.
Why 3-5 minutes? On average the elastic fiber begins to respond and move at around 3 minutes where the tougher collagen fibers respond around 5 minutes. This is accomplished with a firm pressure over a restricted area while stretching it between both hands. The pressure is meant to meet resistance and hold until the fibers begin to stretch and move at with time the therapist would move into the tissue further. While this technique is not a deep pressure, discomfort or pain can be associated with the technique. A favorite quote of JFB is “you need to feel to heal”. Coming into your session after taking a pain relieving drug would not be beneficial to the process. MFR is a slow technique that requires patience but is quite beneficial and healing; I highly recommend it!
The best way to continue to combat the day to day stressors we put onto our body is to use the self care techniques between sessions to maintain the fluid environment that our body functions best in. I’ll get into self care stretches in another blog. I hope this information has been helpful. If you find it interesting, search John F. Barnes Myofascial Release to read more about his technique.
Watch this youtube video Fascia magnified 25x. It's a fantastic visual.
The Victory Center: their mission is to provide hope and support to cancer patients, survivors, and those closest to them. Since 1996 they have been reaching out to cancer patients and their families in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan providing love, support, compassion, hope and laughter. In 2018 alone, they provided nearly 11,000 services to those in the community going through the journey of a lifetime. They are completely privately
funded, no government money or health insurance reimbursements, so the generosity of businesses and individuals keeps them going.
Hello, I am Vicki Mangum, LMT at Back to Basics Massage Therapy. After I received my license, my first certification was oncology and massage for people living with cancer. This certification was on the top of my list due to a previous illness that I had gone through. Although it wasn’t cancer, during my treatments at the University of Toledo Hospital and The Hickman Cancer Center, I knew that I wanted to give more, do more. So, two weeks after I earned my oncology certification, I headed over to the Victory Center and signed up to volunteer once a week as one of their massage therapists. I had learned about The Victory Center through friends and acquaintances who were able to take advantage of the many programs that The Victory Center has to offer.
As I have been able to utilize my certification for oncology and massage for people living with cancer I have witnessed the many benefits including,
-Relaxation and decreased muscle tension
-Calming the mind, body and spirit
- Lymphatic drainage and Lymph circulation of the Lymphatic system -Increased blood flow and circulation for healing
-Increased range of motion and flexibility
Massage therapy can be the perfect complement to any type healing whether it be cancer, surgery or injury. It is an incredible blessing to be able to help someone feel better in any situation. Make sure to come see me or any of our wonderful therapists soon at Back to Basics!
The Victory Center Services:
Therapy-Massage Therapy, Healing Touch and/or Reiki, Energy Therapy, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Nutrition, Facials, Counseling, Support Groups (for all types of cancer) and Caregiver Meetings.
Exercise classes -Yoga, healthy steps, Nia Fitness, line dancing and Pink Ribbon Pilates.
Creative Arts – Health Spirit Art, Zentangle, glass mosaics, beading, painting, crafting and so many more.
Wig Bank- Perrysburg location, where survivors can come pick out a free wig!
The Victory Center also holds yearly events such as the Over the Edge rappelling fundraiser where one of our own therapists, Leigh Beining, had the great opportunity to participate in rappelling down one of Toledo’s most recognizable buildings. Here at Back to Basics not only do we enjoy participating at these types of community events, but also being able to provide therapy through onsite table or chair massage.
For more information regarding The Victory Center and how you can donate or volunteer go to: https://thevictorycenter.org